Some time in 1826 the son of a wealthy Richmond merchant first looked upon the rich wilderness of Florida. Deteriorating economic conditions in Virginia combined with the attractive prospect of fertile tracts of land available at moderate prices in the new territory prompted John Grattan Gamble to visit Middle Florida. His tour probably included Tallahassee and the Gulf coast around St. Marks. Satisfied with what he found, Gamble returned to Virginia and persuaded members of his family to join him in Florida. Included were his brother, Robert, his brothers-in-law, William H. Cabell and William Wirt, and Wirt’s young son-in-law, Thomas Randall.
Schene, Michael G.
"Robert and John Grattan Gamble: Middle Florida Enterpreneurs,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 54
, Article 6.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol54/iss1/6